Enriching a career in technology with EY: meet Michelle Unger
After two decades immersed in technology, including being at the forefront of arguably the world’s most iconic robot — IBM Watson — Michelle Unger started thinking about her next career opportunity.
“Originally, I thought of leading-edge tech companies,” she says. It wasn’t until a recruiter asked Michelle if she had ever considered a consulting organization, specifically EY.
“Why would EY want me? What does EY have that I would want?” she thought.
But the more she talked with people in and outside of EY, the more it made sense — software companies are going into the space of consulting with technology assets; consulting companies are doing the reverse.
“Once I started to see what EY had, I was unbelievably impressed. We have more experience than people know,” said Michelle.
Today Michelle leads Client Technology for Advisory. “It’s exciting to work with really smart people who are open to continuous improvement in a culture that is supportive. I wake up feeling good about going to work and being challenged. You don’t find that everywhere.”
Combining the right skill sets with the right mindsets: meet Riyad Mobeen
Riyad Mobeen’s road to professional services was unconventional, to say the least. His résumé is filled with rich, diverse experiences ranging from startups to nonprofits. It wasn’t until Riyad recognized his penchant for helping people aligned with EY’s purpose that everything clicked.
Whether it was growing the family business, working in digital transformation, interning at a nonprofit or volunteering in Africa, Riyad’s purpose was bigger than himself. The culmination of his disparate experiences, education and passions came together when he founded a startup that was near to his heart.
“I wanted to help millennials communicate their unique experiences and personalities to land jobs, so I built an 'Instagram for jobs,’ where young people could show employers who they were with pictures and videos of their experiences, talents and passions.”
Riyad describes the entrepreneur’s journey as “building a parachute after you jump out of the plane.”
It wasn’t long after that Riyad caught the attention of EY and vice versa.
“Through many conversations, I really felt my entire skill set would be appreciated at EY,” he says. “EY’s vision for people in organizations and the forward-thinking nature of the EY leaders strongly aligned with my passion for technology and the future of work.”
Today, Riyad is part of EY People Advisory Services team and is consulting a public sector nonprofit on how to modernize their HR practices. “My past makes it easier for me to empathize and understand their business through multiple lenses.”
Appreciating the people, culture and career investment at EY: meet Caroline Clements
When Caroline Clements left EY for another opportunity, she never shut the door on the idea of coming back.
The Virginia Tech graduate, experienced in Business Information Technology, performed similar work at another consulting organization. After almost two years away, Caroline returned to EY with a richer perspective and new appreciation.
“I missed the people, culture and career investment,” she says. “At EY, I’m given more responsibility and put in positions to grow, learn and succeed. It’s very rewarding.”
Now a Senior, Caroline is part of the Risk services, serving a global client. The cross-service-line team supports the client with their internal control environment following its IPO. They are exploring how to use technology, such as robotics, to help automate some of the manual tasks.
Being part of a global team has opened Caroline’s eyes to different parts of the businesses and expanded her network.
“I’m learning new things every day and get to work with people from all over the world. Here, they really look after their people both in and outside of work with plenty of personal and professional growth opportunities.”
Finding the right fit in a male-dominated field: meet Agnieszka Braszkiewicz
Agnieszka Braszkiewicz wears many hats as an engineer, mother, consultant, photographer, manager and world traveler.
While it can be difficult to juggle everything, Agnieszka says, “The flexibility at EY is a huge plus. The hours are accommodating and I can easily work from home. When I’m in the office, it has everything — one of the coolest spaces in Warszawa, Poland.”
After earning degrees in information technology and business, Agnieszka quickly became immersed in enterprise systems, moving from data analyst to consultant, working with companies on the strategy, build and helped implementation of technology programs.
“At EY, we’re advising clients on some very interesting work,” she says. “Because we have easy access to different technology and a broad array of alliances, we can help our customers build custom solutions.”
Agnieszka is also committed to recruiting more women into IT. “I have had such an amazing experience talking to and mentoring women about opportunities in IT. To see them grow and realize their potential in a male-dominated field is very rewarding.”